As businesses close across the region and mass gatherings have been wiped out, people have been encouraged to get away from it all by venturing outdoors.
Attractions across Scotland, including cherished spots like Brodie Castle in Moray and Haddo House and Estate in Aberdeenshire, are among the hundreds of venues forced to shut their gates.
The team behind another north-east gem, Pitmedden Garden, said that the decision to make the picturesque walled garden, museum and tea room off-limits as of yesterday was “difficult”.
But bosses offered a chink of light for people eager to get out and about, and forget about their worries for a while.
They said the woodland estate is one of many scenic areas which will be open so that people can “find fresh, green and clean space to relax and rejuvenate – while following social distancing guidance”.
The team at Haddo House suggested that its grounds could be a “means of escape”.
They said: “Don’t let social distancing make you insular. You may have to remain a couple of feet apart, but please shout hello to people, have a chat, engage.”
Simon Skinner, National Trust for Scotland’s chief executive, explained that – unlike some of its historic properties – many of the body’s gardens and country parks would remain open.
He said: “In order to maintain a public service in this difficult time we will be keeping our accessible gardens, country parks and gardens open free of charge, offering a green, clean and fresh respite to enable visitors to escape isolation in a safe environment where ‘social distancing’ is easy to maintain.
“This includes properties like Culzean Country Park and the landscapes and gardens surrounding Brodie and Brodick Castles and Newhailes.”
The Butterfly Conservation is also encouraging people to look after their mental health by spending time in gardens or outdoor spaces – and to look out for butterflies coming out of hibernation, such as the small tortoiseshell, red admiral and brimstone.
Butterfly Conservation chief executive, Julie Williams, said: “Anxiety, isolation and feeling stuck at home can have detrimental effects for our mental health and we’re encouraging anyone who can access an outdoor space to take a break in nature, while respecting the guidance on social distancing.
“Take some mindful time to watch for our first spring butterflies, record what you see and share it online. You could also plant some wildflower seeds now, ready for our summer pollinators.”